Student Success Profile

Georgia Gwinnett College's mission says that we will "provide access to targeted baccalaureate level degrees that meet the economic development needs of the growing and diverse population of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan region" and that we "produce contributing citizens and future leaders for Georgia and the nation." GGC's Institutional Goals include the following:

  • Produce graduates who can anticipate and respond effectively to the changing world,
  • Inspire graduates to be contributing citizens and community leaders, and
  • Achieve significant levels of student success in retention, progression, and graduation.

These goals make it clear that GGC is committed to high levels of student achievement, both during the student's time at GGC and after graduation. GGC monitors several types of data to assess its success in meeting these goals.

Early Course Completion Patterns

Early success, and particularly early success in critical gateway classes, is essential for students to develop confidence in their ability to complete a degree and a growth or academic mindset. Therefore, GGC's first set of student success metrics monitors the extent to which GGC students meet the fundamental early milestones. These include (a) completion of 30 college credits within the first twelve months of enrollment, (b) completion of Math and English in the first twelve months of enrollment, and (c) completion of nine credit hours related to a focus area or meta-major. 

The running three-year average of each measure is used to better capture the College’s long-term effectiveness in supporting students. Comparison data for the University System of Georgia State College sector is used to set a goal or target value. Target values are tied to the College’s strategic plan and are goals for 2025. The table below show the current three-year average for the first two of the metrics listed above as well as GGC's long-term goal for each. Data for the third will be collected for the first time in Fall 2019.

 % of first-time freshmen passing college level English and Math in first 12 months (3-year average)% of first-time freshmen earning 30 or more college level credits in first 12 months (3-year average)
GGC44.2317.42
2025 Target55.3128.63

Student Retention and Graduation

A second clear marker of success is degree completion and graduation. As a State College within the University System of Georgia (USG), GGC serves both to offer baccalaureate programs for native and transfer-in students and as a transfer-out, feeder institution for others within the system. Recognizing this important role, GGC monitors first year retention both at GGC and within the USG. In addition, GGC monitors four-year and six-year graduation rates for students who complete at any USG institution. As with first-year success measures, GGC has used the performance of other State Colleges to establish 2025 target values. Target and current values of these metrics are shown below.

 First-year retention at GGCFirst-year retention within USGFour-year graduation rate within USGSIx-year graduation rate within USG
GGC 3-year average67.33%71.40%7%27%
2025 Target70%75%10%35%

View additional retention and graduation data.

Student Learning

Successful efforts in college are meant to include the development of knowledge and skills that will be useful to students in their lives as contributing citizens in the world. GGC has defined eight essential skills, termed the Integrated Educational Experience Student Learning Outcomes (IEEs). A comprehensive assessment of student achievement must include attention to student progress in developing competence in these learning outcomes. The IEEs are assessed regularly within the framework of programmatic student learning assessment in both the academic programs and the co-curricular programs and through direct assessment. The results of programmatic assessments associated with IEEs are classified as ‘Met’ or ‘Partially Met’ and weighted as 1, or 0.5 respectively. These are then averaged and reported as a percentage. The results for the past two academic years are shown in Table 3.Table 3: Weighted Average of IEE SLOs

 IEE 1IEE 2IEE 3IEE 4IEE 5IEE 6IEE 7IEE 8
2017-1873%64%79%69%84%88%100%79%
2018-1973%65%71%75%66%84%83%70%

In addition, GGC has invested in developing or identifying appropriate direct assessments for each of the IEE SLOs and in building an assessment structure that gathers data on student cohorts at entry, upon completion of the general education requirements (i.e., at approximately 60 credit hours), and near graduation. These assessments are administered by the Office of Academic Assessment, which maintains the data. The three to five year averages for each are shown below. GGC’s Assurance of Learning committees will establish target values for these during the 2019-20 academic year.

IEE SLO and InstrumentBaseline – FreshmanCompleting General Education CurriculumSenior
IEE 1 Internal Essay Prompt with Qualitative Rubric
Maximum Score: 12
8.318.188.28
IEE 2 Critical Thinking Test (CAT)
Maximum Score 39
11.5812.6213.60
IEE 3 Internally Developed Information Technology Test
Maximum Score 100%
47%53%58%
IEE 4 Global Perspectives Inventory
Maximum Score 5
3.763.823.92
IEE 5 Threshold Achievement Test of Information Literacy
Knowledge: Maximum Score 1000
356338391
IEE 5 Threshold Achievement Test of Information Literacy
Outcomes: Maximum Score 1000
348328.5381
IEE 5 Threshold Achievement Test of Information Literacy
Dispositions: Maximum Score 100
646365
IEE6 Moral Judgement Test
Maximum Score 100%
14.08%13.67%13.20%
IEE7 Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire
Transformational Leadership: Maximum Score 4
3.443.693.69
IEE7 Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire
Transactional Leadership: Maximum Score 4
3.053.452.60
IEE7 Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire
Leadership Qualities: Maximum Score 4
3.523.823.75
IEE 8 Internally Developed Quantitative Reasoning Test
Maximum Score 100%
52.56%57.33%66.25%